Dual Diagnosis to Co-Occurring Disorders
Treatment is aimed at a core approach including medication assisted detox for a substance use disorder as well as psychotherapy approaches for the mental health disorder.
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, “About a third of all people experiencing mental illnesses and about half of people living with severe mental illnesses also experience substance abuse. These statistics are mirrored in the substance abuse community, where about a third of all alcohol abusers and more than half of all drug abusers report experiencing a mental illness.”
More than two conditions can be present
Co-occurring disorders can involve more than two conditions that need to be treated together. If the patient is only treated for one condition, he or she can still relapse from the untreated disorder. Symptoms of dual diagnosis include continually relapsing after completing a rehab program and having a family history of mental illness or substance addiction. Symptoms of co-occurring conditions may be difficult to recognize immediately, and that is why dual diagnosis is a core component to treatment.